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Not new to aFib but don't know a lot about it
Long title but that's the truth. I was diagnosed with aFib two years ago and haven't had a lot of problems with it. But in July 2019 I had a small stroke. Almost a complete recovery. My main issue right now is with my balance and dizziness. No idea if this is left over from the stroke or due to aFib. I have tripped and fallen three times in the past 6 weeks. I can't really tell when I'm in aFib or not except sometimes my heart rate goes high. Anyone else have issues like this?
Thumper2, April 19, 2020 8:19am EST
Ruby1523, welcome to this site! I can offer the following advice. Are you seeing an electrophysiologist for your AFib? An EP specializes in AFib and is probably more up-to-date on it than a cardiologist. Simply because you are not having a lot of "problems" with AFib does not mean that problems are not there. When I first got AFib, the tachycardia was managed with drugs, and I didn't notice any other problems. But in the meantime, my heart was quietly remodeling itself in negative ways, and by the time I got from a cardiologist to an EP, a lot of damage had been done.
When you have AFib, you really should be taking a blood-thinner (such as Coumadin, Eloquis, Xarelto..), to prevent strokes. As many here have noted, one does not die from AFib but from the strokes it can cause. I hope you are already on a blood-thinner (I tolerate Coumadin -- the most affordable!--very well). As for your balance and dizziness, you should consult your EP. Also, I find that trying to keep in shape (modest exercise) generally helps with those kinds of things. Please let us know how you are coming along!